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In his latest business fable, top leadership author Mark Miller tells the story of newly appointed CEO Blake Brown, who takes over a company distressed by poor performance and low morale. Nothing Blake learned from his previous job seems to help him deal with the bigger, more complex problems he now faces. The game has changed. As his new mentor points out, Blake is playing a simple game of checkers when he should be playing chess. Miller uses this metaphor to show how leaders can encourage deep, strategic thinking throughout an organization and utilize the unique abilities of each employee (bishops move differently than knights). He explains how to apply the "chess not checkers" mentality in four critical areas: leadership development, employee engagement, organizational alignment, and execution. This is an appealing, accessible guide to helping all leaders think ahead, plan their moves, and avoid getting checkmated by circumstances or competitors.

©2015 Mark Miller (P)2015 Mark Miller

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Chess Not Checkers can be an interesting metaphor for business strategy.

Chess Not Checkers is an interesting metaphor for business strategy. It's true and it's essential. This book does a good job of telling a parable of the potential for more involved thinking.

As a business strategy book, the story is quite simplistic and unrealistic - like a fairy tale - so I wouldn't recommend it to experienced business readers who will likely already understand this.

While not a bad book, it frustrated me because real life is not so simple. People fear and resist change - even when it is in their better interest. People make mistakes and and have a difficult time learning advanced strategies. Many are not even capable of the complex and proactive thinking required of an advanced strategy like chess.

I found the narration too slow and listened to this at 2x speed.

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Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Yes because the novelty of a story vs. a list of concepts was nice.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

With the company being vague - pointed out at the beginning - made it tough to figure out how they actually did for the four steps. It would have been nice to have more detail on how the team accomplished each step instead of them hearing the step and being told to go do it.

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Great information

I liked the way the writer made it a story and not a textbook. Enjoyable listen.

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For Every Leader

Mark's remarkable storytelling and practical explanations keep it simple and clear for any aspiring leader to follow. Even seasoned leaders can find something in these words to support their organization. Whether a high school student or a top-notch CEO, the challenges outlined here are vague at times and deeply specific at others, but overall, it's worth taking a couple of hours to invest in your leadership.

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loved every minute of it

I found myself reviewing the material in this book and rewindint again and again. aweome read.

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Parable

I greatly appreciate the captivating story line that is woven around the concepts, lessons and practices. The great story carries these elements without drowning them out. However, it would have been great to see Blake face and work through challenges more painstakingly, substantial and methodical way.

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It's okay

It's good because it's concise but it's very banal and naive in my opinion so 4 stars not 5...but good job overall

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Great book!

Enjoyed the story and the lessons in it. A great listen and worth the buy.

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Excellent Parable

I’m reading the series out of order but all of the books provide incredible practical insight. The books specialize in concept in an action oriented manner. The format makes it easy for the reader to read the books periodically and reflect.

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Recommended

Easy listen. Full of wisdom. Totally worth the price if you want to stimulate ideas for organizational health. Narration isn't exactly award-winning, but it's not annoying. Story, again isn't pulitzer, but lessons are priceless.

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Outstanding!

Wow what a book with such insight. An excellent, thorough and well thought through book on leadership with advice and steps which are easy to follow and not complicated.

Put simply a great book on leadership for leaders and those who are striving to be leaders.